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Buck The Idiot Close-Out Picks

The grand experiment of BTI comes to an abbreviated close this weekend, as a truncated slate of college and pro football games will reduce my total number of picks from 15 to 10. After that, it's all championships and bowl games--not enough to prove my idiocy. But for those keeping score, I went 7-8 last week, meaning that just once in eight weeks did I pick more winners than losers. Can any other prognosticator provide you more reliability--and for free? Overall mark? 51-66-3.

Okay, on to this week's picks...

COLORADO minus 15 and a half over Colorado. The Buffs are rolling and Nebraska's West Coast offense will be stymied by the elements and CU's D.

ARIZONA plus 9 over Arizona State. A rivalry game with a guy named Stoops coaching the heavy 'dog.

HAWAII minus 7 over Wisconsin. Does anyone think the Badgers will have their head on straight for this one? What are the consequences of a loss? Surf's up and the drinks are flowing...

FLORIDA minus 4 over Florida State. The Seminoles have been exposed as pretenders and Urban Meyer wants to please the alumni on his first FU-FSU tilt.

KENTUCKY minus 9 over Tennessee. After the LSU win, the Vols simply packed it in. Why are they giving 9 on the road?

NORTH CAROLINA plus 23 over Virginia Tech. After two ballyhooed contests versus Miami and Virginia, this is a classic letdown game for VT.

and the college "lock"

MIAMI minus 17 over Virginia. Nothing like an embarrassing loss to refocus the bad boy 'Canes against an outmanned opponent at home.

As for the pros, here are the three picks, with no "locks"

CLEVELAND plus 4 over Minnesota. Minnesota is the worst 5-5 team I have ever seen.

JACKSONVILLE minus 3 over Arizona. The Jags' D is too much for Denny Green, even with the Cards in the desert.

TENNESSEE minus 7 and a half over San Francisco. The betting line is the ONLY reason to care about this game.

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